Focus: Road, racing, time trials
Certifications: USAC Level 3 coach, also working as an Occupational Therapist in outpatient Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation setting, Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Currently races as a Cat 1 in Pro-am and Masters road events.
Bio: Coach Mark has a long personal history with elite level endurance sports. Mark grew up in Ontario, Canada and was a national caliber middle distance runner in High School. Cycling was first introduced to him as an off-season activity to maintain fitness and decrease the stresses of running. After college, Mark began competing in duathlons where he further developed his time trial position & skills. Following a move to NC in 2002 Mark was convinced by friends to give road racing a try. Over the course of his road racing career, Mark has accumulated over 90 Top 10 results in Pro-am and Masters events including multiple podium places in State Championship and time trial events. His combination of academic knowledge and racing experience allows him to be a great asset to anyone striving to reach their full potential as a cyclist.
Coaching Philosophy: There are many challenges involved when balancing work, family, social activities and training. In order to be successful, it is important to have a coach to assist in designing a winning plan. There are many benefits from mental training, imagery, and positive self-talk. These areas are often ignored or inadequately developed in many athletes even at the elite level. Cyclists of all ability levels can make solid progress using a combination of structured, scientifically-based training, adequate rest/recovery, mental training, and solid nutrition. With the time constraints of life, it is critical to know oneâ€™s time spent training is both effective and efficient. Having a coach can assure you this and provide the framework needed to reach your goals. Customized training programs that take into account the unique aspects of each athlete’s life are a hallmark of Markâ€™s coaching philosophy.